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Accra: Epixode Discusses Evolution of Dancehall Music in Ghana

Epixode, the 2021 VGMA Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year, has offered insights into the current state of dancehall music in Ghana, asserting that the genre has evolved rather than diminished as some critics have suggested. The acclaimed artist share...

Epixode, the 2021 VGMA Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year, has offered insights into the current state of dancehall music in Ghana, asserting that the genre has evolved rather than diminished as some critics have suggested. The acclaimed artist shared his views on the changes and developments in the dancehall scene in Ghana.

According to Ghana News Agency, in a recent interview with GNA Entertainment, the music landscape in Ghana has undergone significant changes, especially in the realm of dancehall music. He noted that, contrary to some opinions, the original dancehall genre has not faded away but has instead seen a fusion with Afrobeats, a trend that many Ghanaian artists are currently exploring.

“We should understand that genres will always be with us, but they will evolve as time goes on,” Epixode said. He emphasized Ghana’s role as a pivotal force in the African dancehall scene, acknowledging the shift in focus towards Afrobeats in recent years. He described the current trend as a fusion of Dancehall and Afrobeats, acknowledging that pure dancehall vibes are rarer now compared to five years ago. However, he firmly believes that dancehall music remains a vibrant and essential part of the Ghanaian music landscape.

Epixode also shared his personal artistic journey, explaining his decision to drift slightly from hardcore dancehall music. His exploration of indigenous Ghanaian sounds, particularly Highlife, reflects his growth as a musician. Despite this exploration, he assured fans that his music would continue to have elements of dancehall. He teased his upcoming single as a prime example of this blend, promising his fans something exciting and innovative.

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